I have always loved to travel, but my passion for Asia in particular was first ignited when I spent a year teaching English in South Korea. I found both the culture fascinating and the food phenomenal. It was there that I decided to take full advantage of my proximity to Southeast Asia and seized the chance to explore this extraordinary region when I finished teaching.
I spent several months travelling through Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. Personal highlights included snorkelling in the Andaman Sea off the coast of Thailand; learning about the rich history – both ancient and modern – of Cambodia; and cruising through the stunning Halong Bay in northern Vietnam.
Since being with Jacada, I have explored Indonesia’s towering volcanoes and dramatic coastlines, the unique wildlife of Borneo and the magical temples of Myanmar. I’ve been blown away by the majesty of Northern India and discovered the tiny but incredibly diverse country of Sri Lanka. Most recently, I returned to South Korea and ate my way around the country before hopping across to Japan to learn more about its rich history and cultural traditions.
I feel incredibly fortunate to be able to use my in-depth experience and passion for Asia, to create bespoke luxury trips for people who I am certain will return feeling the same way about my favourite part of the world.
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We took a trip through SE Asia for 19 days. Everything went off without a hitch. Even though several flights were delayed, our guides were always waiting for us at the airports. Our guides were all exceptional; they were all so knowledgable about every aspect of their area, including history, culture, food, current political climates, architecture and travel to name just a few. The entire trip was well within our budget. We were able to see everything we wanted to see as well as some wonderful additional places that Jacada recommended.
In December, my wife and I made a 12 day trip to Cambodia and Thailand. I must tell you that this ranks among our best if not the best trip we have had with a travel agency. Everything went well and what was the best part was the service that the tour guides gave to my wife to accommodate her limitations caused by her Parkinson's disease. They were outstanding in making schedule adjustments and taking good care of her. The accommodations were outstanding, especially the Shinta Mani Angko in Sien Reap, Cambodia and the Peninsula Hotel in Bangkok. What we really appreciated was the tour outline gave us a view of life in these countries, an excellent balance of temples and rural life and how people live on a daily basis. Every detail of the trip was laid out, and everything happened without a hitch.We had a concierge in Hong Kong that made special arrangements for us for restaurants and events. We were able to have this delightful experience because of the service performed by the very knowledgeable guides and excellent drivers, we would not have been able to take this trip with a large group, so Jacada has enriched our lives with their luxury private tours.
Jacada Travel exceeded our expectations. My husband and I worked with Rachel to plan our honeymoon to Sri Lanka. We had never gone through a travel agent before and were beyond pleased with our first experience. Rachel was very conscious of our requests and worked so hard to find the perfect trip that fit our budget and time frame. We felt so taken care of as we traveled through Sri Lanka knowing that everything had been planned and taken care of. Rachel was so easy to get in touch with and wonderful to work with. We had the absolute BEST honeymoon in Sri Lanka and credit so much of that to Rachel and Jacada!
The service from Jacada is superb. Our journey to Asia went flawlessly. The logistics were always spot on. The hotel selections were right for the locations and budget. The guides and drivers were on time, knowledgeable and friendly. The tours gave meaningful insights into the local customs and culture. Rachel was very helpful during the planning phase. Wing,the trip concierge, was available throughout the trip. We will use Jacada again and recommend to others.
My husband and I booked a fabulous Southeast Asia holiday in July. From the initial inquiry to the trip home, everything was flawless. Rachel and Gilda were our agents. They put together the perfect itinerary. We were very well taken care of by all of our guides and all of the hotels were beautifully appointed and had wonderful amenities. If you are looking for a luxurious, worry-free holiday, then Jacada is the travel agency to handle all of the details! We will use them again and have already recommended the services to our friends as well.
Planning process was smooth. We took the recommendations provided by Rachel for accommodation and we were surprised at each stop for the uniqueness of the facility, great location and/or history. Our itinerary included activities that connected us to the people and the land more intimately. The guides and driver set up for us was all top notch. A great 12 days in India!
We love working with Jacada! Rachel Beck helped us plan every detail of our recent trip to Singapore, Bangkok and Myanmar. In addition to multiple transportation modes, including planes, trains and boats, she scheduled an awesome balloon ride over 3,000 pagodas in Bagan. The accommodations were first class, and the guides that Jacada provided in each city were well-informed and very professional. At each destination, we arrived to a personalized note from Rachel that welcomed us to our latest stop and kept us abreast of any changes to our itinerary. We would happily recommend Jacada!
Jacada organized a fabulous trip to Japan for us this September. It was seamless in everyday from our accommodations, guides, drivers to the choice of places to visit and eat. We were extremely impressed with the gracious communication during the planning of the trip all the way through to the end. THANK YOU JACADA
My wife and I (based in the US) worked with Rachel Beck at Jacada Travel to design a 17-day trip for two people to Indonesia and Singapore, including bird watching, nature travel and cultural exploration. We had never been to Indonesia, and relied strongly on a well-informed travel partner to listen to our travel preferences and come up with an agenda that met our goals. Put simply, the experience was outstanding. Rachel and Jacada Travel assembled a completely seamless and unforgettable experience. Everything was taken care of down to the last detail, and the sense of personal touches really enhanced our experience by eliminating any in-trip worries. The planning took place over a long time period, but was always timely and kept up to date, despite the distance in time and distance between parties in the US and UK. We had never worked with Jacada before, but look forward to many more opportunities in the future. Unreservedly recommended for anybody looking to do the same thing.
Truly Unforgettable Trip to Myanmar! I went on a trip planned by Jacada to Myanmar this past October. This was such an unforgettable and incredible trip! From the pre-planning to the actual trip, Jacada really went above and beyond what was expected to make this an amazing trip. The guides in Myanmar were second to none; hotels extremely beautiful, comfortable, and clean; itinerary just perfect with all our last minute requests accommodated; and the sites were so unique and memorable. We were a group of 5 people ranging from 77 years old to 45 years old and all of us are seasoned travelers. We all agreed that this trip was the best and the most memorable one. Myanmar is such a beautiful country and we felt very safe the whole time. We cannot thank the team at Jacada enough, especially Rachel and Gilda, who worked very hard on all the small details to make this truly an unforgettable trip. We have used several other travel operators and we all agreed that Jacada is second to none! That is why this was my second trip with the company and I already have my third one booked. Thank you again team Jacada!
Jacada helped us plan a two week trip to Malaysia and Singapore. We were extremely fortunate to have Rachel Beck as our travel planner. Rachel/Jacada excelled in every way. Rachel did a great job from start to finish. From our very first phone conversation she listened and quickly developed a solid understanding of what we wanted and then designed a perfect itinerary. Rachel was always available via email or phone, always responded very promptly, and was always a pleasure to work with. All Jacada documentation was received promptly, was always correct, and contained the appropriate level of detail. I highly recommend Jacada, based upon my experience with Rachel
I couldn't have asked for more. Everything was taken care of; all I had to do was show up.
My wife and I recently returned from our honeymoon to Vietnam and Thailand designed by Jacada Travel. From the moment we arrived, we thought Jacada, their guides and selected hotels did an excellent job of making us feel welcome and important. Our tour guides in both countries were friendly and knowledgeable. Rachel Beck and Gilda Tang were a pleasure to work with and made some excellent hotel and restaurant recommendations. Jacada is attentive to detail and will follow up with you throughout your journey to ensure everything is running smoothly. I would not hesitate to recommend Jacada Travel for planning a fun and memorable trip!
Jacada arranged a week's holiday for us in Siem Reap, Cambodia. The whole experience was not just unforgettable, it was a week of new sights, new sounds and new feelings. From our greeting at the airport, we were made to feel so welcome by all the friendly people of this bustling city, who simply couldn't do enough to make our stay a memorable and enjoyable holiday. Our visits to the many temples and monuments were enhanced by our knowledgable guide, who educated us in the best possible way about Cambodia's rich history and even about the principles of Buddhism. Everywhere we went, we were driven by the same driver, who, in a city which seemed to have very few rules of the road, remained beautifully calm and not once made us feel anything but totally safe and secure. He was always ready with cold towels and cold water, whenever we returned to the vehicle. The staff at Shinta Mani Club, where we stayed, were without exception friendly, polite and anxious to please. The hotel restaurant was an absolute delight. I cannot recommend this hotel highly enough. All this wonderful attention to detail is, I believe, a hallmark of Jacada Travel's service. There were lovely little touches, from the beautifully presented Travel Guide and itinerary, to the champagne on arrival, to the temples guidebook, and thoughtful extras, like a sunset boat ride, a luxurious candlelit dinner, a visit to a local family for Cambodian snacks and fresh coconut juice and even a ride in a bullock cart. The whole week, culminating in our departure at the airport when we bade farewell to our guide and driver, went seamlessly and smoothly.
I would highly recommend Jacada travel to anyone looking for an unforgettable trip. We worked with Rachel- and she was highly organized and efficient throughout every step of the process. I normally enjoy planning my own trips, but with wedding planning I was just too overwhelmed. I reached out to Rachel (she had planned a friend's honeymoon) and within 4 days she had our whole trip planned! She was very responsive to emails and incredibly easy to communicate. As far as the actual trip goes- I really can't say enough good times. We went to Thailand and Cambodia, and the whole experience was perfect- start to finish. If you want to really immerse yourself in a local culture without any hassle of planning- book with Jacada!
We were met on time in a clear and efficient manner at every turn during the three weeks of our travel. Our guides were both helpful and friendly, speaking English in a very understandable manner. They acceeded to our every desire and were available at all times. Some of the food could have been better, but most was very tasty and appropriate to the country.
We just came back from our two week honeymoon in Vietnam and had a fabulous time thanks to Jacada's Rachel and Alex. They were both very attentive and responsive to our needs from the beginning and made trip planning easy and fun. They were even able to make several last minute changes to our trip after we changed our mind on a few things. They never got upset and were so accommodating. They even did everything in their power to make sure those changes did not cost us a thing! Now that's customer service! Would use them again in a heartbeat!
My mom and I took a mother-daughter trip to Thailand and Cambodia as a last hurrah before I get married. Jacada and specifically Rachel Beck were amazing to work with. Rachel ensured we got the perfect mix of outdoor adventure, culture and history. Every step of the way the representatives of Jacada were friendly, helpful, flexible and comforting. We were taken care of at every turn so that we could simply focus on having a once in a lifetime experience. Specifically to the trip itself, I would HIGHLY recommend visiting the Elephant Nature Park and taking a Thai cooking class. I have no hesitation recommending Jacada and Rachel to friends and family!
I dealt with a lady called Rachel Beck (she really should get a job training tour operators, first class). The cost of the trip wasn’t cheap but my partner and myself felt it was worth every pound we spent. From start to finish this is one classy company, nothing was too much trouble. Some companies take your money and that’s the end of it, not Jacada. Small example, after each excursion they organised we got a phone call to make sure we were satisfied with the service they provided. I could easily write several pages on the great service we received but I don’t have the time. In short if you want to spend your hard earned money on a trip of a lifetime with a company that goes the extra mile stop thinking about it and book with them. I promise you it will be money well spent.
My trip in Myanmar was fantastic. Jacada Travel did a superb job. I do a lot of travel to far-flung places and I've used a few tour packagers.p over the years. OThis trip to Myanmar was different because I wanted to travel solo and at my pace. I knew nothing about Jacada and discovered them on the Web. As an American female traveler in Asia, I felt i needed a little extra personal attention and a couple of special arrangements so I was willing to spend a few extra dollars for comfort and safety. My agent at Jacada proved to be excellent: She listened carefully to all my advance special requests--from budgetary concerns to unique sightseeing excursions. Most hotels were on the luxury side which was a treat; I was promptly met at every airport transfer by a professional rep with driver; and the recommended daily itinerary was stimulating and relaxing. I had highly intelligent and informative guides who were really wonderful to spend time with. Would I recommend Jacada Travel? --You bet I would.
We wanted an amazing trip for our honeymoon to Malaysia and Borneo, we contacted Jacada Travel and from that moment on our travel advisor, Rachel was extremely helpful. She planned our trip based on what we had said we were looking for and even suggested things we'd not heard of to try. Our experience from start to finish on the trip was just fantastic. All of our guides were waiting for us as expected whenever we moved to a new place and the guides were so passionate and friendly which really made or whole experience special.
Everything was perfect start to finish. I was well looked after and everything happened as the Rachel had outlined. The hotels were excellent and the tour guide was always well prepared. It could not have been better planned. I had an amazing time!
My wife and I just returned from a wonderful trip to Vietnam and Cambodia, which was entirely planned by Rachel Beck of Jacada. Rachel suggested the itinerary; planned the activities in each location, which she tailored very well to conform to our interests (as we had described them to her in phone conversations and e-mails); made all of our excellent hotel, travel and transfer arrangements; arranged for us to be met by a guide at the airport in each location, wisked through the terminal, and driven to our hotel; and arranged for us to have excellent, helpful, guides who led us through the planned activities in each location. Rachel's itinerary turned out to be excellently planned and her colleagues at each location carried it out flawlessly. It was a pleasure to work with Rachel and Jacada --Rachel is extremely competent, and during the planning stage she was always very responsive, helpful, and accommodating -- and I recommend her and Jacada without qualification.
Jacada Travel put together our amazing three week trip to Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. A special thank you to Rachel Beck for all her hard work in planning and organizing everything down to the very last detail. Every place we visited was a good mixture of the traditional foods, culture, history and best local attractions. I would highly recommend them!!
I "discovered" Jacada Travel searching for expert travel in South East Asia. How luck I was to stumble on this travel service. From the moment I received an introductory phone call from Rachel Beck to our post trip feedback it has been a 5 star experience in knowledgeable, professional luxury travel. You pay for it but you will not be disappointed. No detail is left to chance, choices of hotels/tours/experiences are abundant and it is personalized service at its finest. We are booking our next adventure!
A friend and I wanted to plan a trip to Thailand and Cambodia. We are unfamiliar with this part of the world, and turned to Jacada for help. We worked with Rachel and I highly recommend her. She really listened to us and helped us handcraft the type of experience we wanted. Some of her suggestions were the highlights of our trip! She arranged a day at a private elephant sanctuary, a day of shopping at a local market with a chef and a cooking class just with the two of us. None of the experiences felt "canned". These people had a passion for their work and it showed. She arranged private guides at each location- these people made all the difference. Their English was excellent and they helped us to understand the history , culture and day to day concerns of the population. This added a real richness to the experience. She chose great (non generic) hotels that reflected a local flavor. She helped us with dinner recommendations. I highly recommend Rachel and Jacada. I will use them again when my desired travel destinations line up with their expertise.
Jacada Travel gave us a trip of a life time! We were kept on an amazing adventure every day. From the beginning Rachel Beck was easy to talk to and listened to what we wanted out of a trip to Southeast Asia; with her experience and expertise she mapped out our trip and exceeded all of our expectations! Along with Alec Curry they hired English speaking tour guides that were extremely nice, fun, informative, intelligent, punctual and adaptable to our needs! The accommodations, vehicles, boats, bikes restaurants, spas, sightseeing, cooking classes, shopping and even golf courses were spectacular!!!! We will definitely use Jacada Travel again to fullfill our bucket list! Thank you again Rachel and Alec for an awesome trip!!! Best, Valerie and Neal Waldman and Denise and Peter Weinberg
From start to finish, Jacada curated an unparalleled experience in Vietnam and Cambodia. Though we enjoyed the absolute in luxury for accommodations, the highlights of our journey had to do with the local guides and the off the beaten track experiences. Of course, transfers were flawlessly executed and we never had to concern ourselves with any of the minute details. Shout out to Rachel who put everything together for us. We're already looking forward to our next adventure.